Pictures and prose: Exploring the impact of literary and film tourism

Noelle O'Connor, Sang Kyun Kim

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    While literary tourism has a long history traceable back to the seventeenth century, the considerable growth of interest and popularity in literary tourism research among academics and the tourism industry has been recognised only since the mid-1990s [Hebert, D. T. (1996). Artistic and literary places in France as tourist attractions. Tourism Management, 17(2), 77-85]; [Squire, S. J. (1993). Valuing countryside: Refl{ligature}ections on Beatrix Potter tourism. Area, 24, 5-10]; [Squire, S. J. (1994). The cultural values of literary tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 21, 103-120]. With this in mind, this paper aims to investigate how tourism stakeholders can take advantage of the positive promotional impacts that a book and film linkage can have on specific destinations. It also examines how tourism patterns and trends in these destinations have been subsequently influenced and transformed. Within an exploratory case study mode, special emphasis will be placed on two international case studies (Ireland and Indonesia - in particular Bali) which have been associated with internationally recognised books and their subsequent blockbuster films. The findings suggest that both literary and film tourism have a positive effect on these destinations due to an increased growth in their tourism arrivals once the location was referred to in a book and afterwards used as the setting in the related film. This paper will add to the current knowledge base on film and literary tourism and create an awareness of the strength of this form of tourism for international tourism destinations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-17
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Tourism and Cultural Change
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


    • Bali
    • imaging
    • Indonesia
    • Ireland
    • literary destinations
    • sustainable tourism


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